|Don't you just hate it when that Dodge Viper just sits in the intersection.. for no reason?|
Developer: Ivory Tower
The Crew is a huge game, so here is a huge article that still won't cover everything.
You know, I would understand someone not jumping on The Crew bandwagon after the disasters that have been plaguing Ubisoft the past couple years. After Watch_Dogs, Assassins Creed: Unity and so many other blunders both in games and in PR it's understandable to look at the gaming giant and say "Yeah, but no, I think I'll pass."
There is one thing that people tend to overlook and that would be the fact that The Crew is developed by Ivory Tower; a development team that has worked on such great titles as Need for Speed, Test Drive Unlimited and V-Rally. So they've already learned a thing or two about the racing genre and I feel that it really shows in this game.
Let me say that even though I do like racing games, I'm no expert on them. The last racer I spent any real time in was Need for Speed Underground 2 so I am quite aware that there have been great racing games that have come out since then, but to be honest nothing really caught my eye until I saw The Crew.
|Coney Island baby!|
Each region of the map is much like what I have seen of the US in my own travels, the terrain is diverse and alive, with animals wandering, pedestrians strolling, planes flying above you and even grass and tree's blowing in the wind. There is attention to detail in the landmarks and attractions in the game, There are people riding the rides at Coney Island. There are people sunning at the beach in Miami and LA, there are even small little details like Milk cartons on the shelves of stores if you take the time to look. As incredibly huge as the world of The Crew is, there is serious attention to detail.
|Don't mind me sitting here on the tarmac.. I'm, uh.. sightseeing.|
I cannot stress enough that The Crew has a massive amount of content, not just places to go but challenges to complete, missions to do, things to find ... I understand now why it was said "Don't trust rushed reviews of this game, you need time to explore and unlock things!" .. Because it is very much true. As of the time I am writing this sentence I have logged 33 hours into the game and I have only a fraction of the humungous world explored.There are hundreds of challenges that Ive seen so far and I haven't even found them all. Sure there are a few different types of challenges, but each one is different, each has it's own terrain, it's own requirements and it's own rewards for completing them.
|Wait, where are all the protestors?|
|Oops! That intersection came outta nowhere.|
The Crew pushes you, and tests you , and as a reward it will give you every available option to get just a little bit more performance out of your car with countless upgrades. Just because you beat a single challenge and got a gold medal and it rewards you with a shiny new part for your car with a special bonus to speed or acceleration etc ... don't hesitate to do that same challenge again to get a part just like it for your next car, or with a different bonus attached.
The graphics for the game are really good in my opinion. Though you should keep in mind that with my aging Nvidia 580gtx Classified I'm only able to run the game "optimized" on high ... Ultra is a bit too much for my rig to handle at the moment, so there is more you can get out of the graphics than what I can, but what I can get is pretty darn good. I have played games on PC that just don't look right Unless they are on Ultra, but with The Crew it still looks great on High.
Believe it or not, even with the name Ubisoft on the game, it is blessedly mostly free from bugs and glitches in what I have played so far. There was this odd screen jumping here and there but Ivory Tower seems to have ironed that out already as I've had no problems and everything has been smooth for the past day. To be honest, with as huge as this game is and with everything that is going on, I'm downright shocked that it runs so smoothly.
|Take a good look, If I have my way you are only seeing this badboy again from the rear.|
For Me, personally, this is one of the best racing games I've ever played.